April M Yorke (April), PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 335
 Phone: 216-687-6994
 Email: a.yorke@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 335, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Complex communication needs, CCN, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, AAC, literacy, reading, writing, children, adults, developmental disabilities, acquired disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, Rare genetic disorders, Metabolic disorders, Intellectual disabilities
Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University, 2016
M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University, 2003
B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Brief Bio:
April has been working with individuals with severe and complex communication disorders since 1995. During her MS program, April was funded by an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Personnel Preparation Grant from the US Dept of Education.  As part of that program, April completed 3 courses specifically in AAC (AAC Assessment and Intervention, AAC Technology Lab, and Advanced Seminar), 3 semesters of AAC Colloquium (discussing state of the art research topics pertaining to AAC), and 2 AAC research projects in addition to the standard speech-language pathology coursework.  

April graduated with her MS in 2003.  She worked as an SLP in the schools for 2 years and then as an SLP and Assistive Technology/ AAC Specialist at a Post-Acute Brain injury rehab for 7 years prior to returning for her PhD.

April has a passion for improving literacy outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs.
She also has a special interest in treatable causes of intellectual disability and metabolic disorders.